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Taking action on family violence

The priorities of the strategy are to eliminate family violence and other forms of violence against women in Victoria.

1. Build prevention structures and systems

Establish a Family Violence Prevention Agency

To implement this strategy effectively, we need to ensure prevention activities are overseen and coordinated across Victoria.

We will:

  • establish the Family Violence Prevention Agency to embed, coordinate and drive primary prevention efforts in Victoria over the long term
  • continue to support Our Watch, a national foundation to prevent violence against women and their children, and ANROWS, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety

Support development of an expert workforce 

Under the 10-Year Industry Plan for family violence prevention and response, we will build the capability of current prevention practitioners in Victoria, ensuring we have enough skilled prevention specialists to deliver this work.   

We will:

  • translate the Preventing Family Violence and Violence Against Women Capability Framework to sector and communityspecific contexts
  • develop and deliver new training in primary prevention
  • support the establishment of communities of practice for primary prevention practitioners and contributors
  • support capacity building of the women’s health sector
  • embed prevention practitioners in the LGBTI community, seniors and Aboriginal sectors to improve primary prevention practice capacity and capability
  • support the disability sector and workforce
  • support future workforces to drive prevention efforts


2. Research and evaluate

As the focus on prevention expands across the state, we will take action to ensure that practice continues to be supported by up-to-date evidence on the causes and impacts of family violence and violence against women, including what works to prevent it.

We will:

  • continue to develop the Free from violence Outcomes Framework and Family Violence Index
  • undertake an audit of prevention activity across Victoria
  • commission immediate research into family violence and violence against women in priority groups, including Aboriginal people , CALD, LGBTI communities and senior Victorians
  • establish a Family Violence Prevention Research Alliance
  • identify opportunities to scale up existing Community Partnerships for Primary Prevention projects

3. Innovate and inform

To build our knowledge of effective primary prevention in different settings and contexts, we must embrace and utilise innovation in the design, implementation and evaluation of new techniques and programs. We will trial, test and evaluate a range of new and innovative initiatives so we better understand what works to prevent family violence and violence against women.

We will:

  • establish an Innovation Fund to support innovative prevention practice
  • support innovation in the prevention of violence against Aboriginal people
  • pilot programs to support gender equality and primary prevention in media and reporting
  • pilot programs to embed gender equality in sportsettings
  • test tailored approaches to prevention for culturally diverse communities
  • support the prevention of family violence and all forms of violence against women through the arts

4. Scale up and build on what we know

There are already some prevention activities, programs and initiatives that have been proven to work. Expanding and scaling up these programs and approaches could lead to wider changes in attitudes towards violence.

We will:

  • scale up workplace prevention programs
  • support universities and TAFEs to deliver whole-of-university prevention initiatives
  • support local government to be leaders in prevention
  • support antenatal and postnatal settings to deliver primary prevention activities
  • expand the Partners in Prevention program
  • pilot primary prevention bystander programs
  • scale up projects from the Community Partnerships for Primary Prevention grants program following evaluation

5. Engage and communicate with the community 

Directly engaging the Victorian community is critical to the success of this strategy. We must continue to communicate the changes we are seeing so that the community understands the value of this approach. Only with broad, ongoing community support will it be possible to create lasting change.

We will:

  • further develop a prevention of family violence and violence against women communications strategy
  • deliver a prevention of family violence and violence against women behaviour change campaign
  • deliver an Aboriginal family violence behaviour change campaign
  • deliver an LGBTI family violence behaviour change campaign
  • deliver an elder abuse behaviour change campaign
  • deliver a financial abuse behaviour change campaign
  • support the 2018 Victoria Against Violence (VAV) 16 Days of Activism campaign

What needs to be in place

There are a number of foundational elements that are crucial to the strength and successful implementation of this strategy.

  • Prevention in universal services - We will work with a range of workplaces and workforce bodies to ensure that workplaces are key settings and advocates for prevention.
  • Dedicated and enduring funding - Historically, prevention has been underfunded. Building the capacity of mainstream partners is critical to a truly whole-of-community approach and must be adequately resourced. 
  • Coordination and advocacy - Everyone has a role to play in preventing family violence and all forms of violence against women. To ensure a consistent approach, we will coordinate prevention activities at state, local and regional levels.
  • Policy reform in family violence and gender equality - The success of this strategy relies on a range of policy reforms in gender equality, family violence and violence against women. In addition to policy reform, legislative changes are being made to embed gender equality in Victorian systems and structures.
  • Diversity and intersectionality – We will incorporate an intersectional lens at all stages of the process, including in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities.